Regulation Federal Regulations & You: Partners in Democracy!


The Environmental Protection Agency's "Rulemaking Matters!" contest invites filmmakers to submit short videos that explain how federal regulations touch our lives. The best video wins $2,500!

Presenting a submission: "Federal Regulations and You: Partners in Democracy!"

Written and produced by Ted Balaker. "Billy" played by Paul Detrick. Camera: Zach Weissmueller; Animation: Hawk Jensen.

Approximately 75 seconds long.

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  1. Wow, I can see why Reason needs donation to stay afloat. Who would pay for this shit?

    1. Wow, I can see why I need welfare to stay afloat. Who would pay me for my shit opinions?

  2. Needs more Troy McClure, less of “Billy”.

  3. Good lord. Just in case you didn’t already despise the EPA.

  4. Re: the headline, what is a “regualtion”?

    1. The federal government determined that spelling it regulation created an unpleasant association with gulags, so they changed it. The system works!

  5. Reading the EPA contest site hurts my soul.

    Almost every aspect of our lives is touched by federal regulations. Even before you leave the house in the morning, government regulations help set the price of the coffee you drink, the voltage of electricity your alarm clock uses, and the types of programming allowed on the morning news.

    They say it like that is a good thing.

  6. Um yeah. That was amusing, but I can’t help but think if you spent another half hour on the script it could have been much better.

  7. So,

    the Federal government taxes us

    so we can pay for a constest

    for the best propaganda video

    for more government regulation.

    Wow, just wow.

    1. Heh heh. Right. FWIW, I really like this clip.

  8. The best video wins $2,500!

    Yes, but the contest itself cost $2,000,000.

    Government. In action!

  9. Why did I immediately assume Jeff Immelt has assigned a team of MSNBC’s finest minds to this project?

  10. Freud said that all art is inherently subversive, so I must say that dedicating a film contest to the necessity of rules seems counterproductive.

  11. I like the Heritage Foundation’s entry better. For one thing, it actually directly insults the EPA’s Energy Star program.

    1. I actually like Ted Balaker’s better.

      1. Agree, Balaker’s gets the nod. More succinct and biting while being less preachy.

  12. “Daddy’s Stache” is the local gay bar.

    1. The song “Gay Bar” seems to be recurring…everywhere.

  13. You are right. Let’s not have federal regulations for environmental protection. Why would anyone want to protect the public from companies who create oil spills, water pollution, air pollution or toxic hazards? Wow that would be crazy! Also, it would be crazy to misinform people on saying that EPA regulations do not have the public influence. Since the EPA requires any regulations to receive public comments and hearings. Also they allow the public to have citizen suits against the EPA for not enforcing statutes like the clean water act or being unconstitutional. To quote Barry Goldwater “While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.”

  14. You didn’t even mention the CFR!

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